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Super Bowl XLVI: The Giants almond butter the Patriots

Super Bowl XLVI.  Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.  The New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots.  Four years ago the Giants knocked down the Patriots by just three points.  Will they go for a repeat performance or will the Patriots take back the night?
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Broadcast on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing commentary, the forty-sixth Super Bowl started with the Giants on offense.  They didn’t do much but New England quarterback Tom Brady inadvertently helped them out with an intentional grounding of the ball, giving the Giants a safety.  Shortly thereafter, Giants wide receiver was cradling the ball in the end zone.  New York 9 and New England 0.

The Patriots got on the score board with a field goal in the top of the second quarter.  New York 9 and New England 3. By the end of the first half, the Patriots’ rhythm improved enough for a TD courtesy of running back Danny Woodhead.  New England 10 and New York 9.

The Patriots brought out their proper ammo with another TD in the top of the third quarter, though the Giants managed to shrink the score distance with a couple of field goals by the end of the quarter.  New England 17 and New York 15.

Two point difference…two point difference!  With just over sixty seconds left, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw unintentionally made a TD.  A two point conversion was not successful.  The Patriots had fifty-seven seconds to spit out a TD.  Tom Brady and crew came very close but in the end, New York 21 and New England17.  Final score.  The Giants have won Super Bowl XLVI!!!

 

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem. She’s got bangs now!
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2.  Are you excited about both the advancements in technology, execution, and feasibility of streaming the Super Bowl live?  Does it mean that all parties involved on the producing, distributing, and financing end have figured out a way to profit from such an offering?  And of course there’s an app.

3.  Patriots’ safety Patrick Chung is part Chinese.  His mom was a singer in Jamaica.  Chung is also a Korean last name but in this case it’s likely the Cantonese spelling of what would otherwise be romanized as “Zhong” or “Chong.”  If his Chinese name really is 鍾家庭, then his teammates could start calling him, “Chung Family.”  His first name in Chinese is literally “family.”

4.  Halftime thoughts.  Wow.  Madonna channeled Spartacus, Cleopatra, cheerleading camp, marching band, and candle-lit choir,  in her performance of “Vogue,” “Music,” “Give Me All Your Love,” “Open Your Heart to Me,” and “Like a Prayer.”

And for all of you young people who don’t know a lick about classic Hollywood, click on the actors’ name from the spoken word portion of “Vogue” for more information.

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio*
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine

Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air

They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katharine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Best halftime show I’ve seen this side of the 21st century.

* Joe DiMaggio was not an actor.^U^

5. I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Meryl Streep; I know people who don’t think she’s that big of a talent.  Although I can’t say I like her the way I like Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, and Anna Mouglalis, I do like what she brings to the art and profession of acting. She’s got skills…and she’s stunning in a subtle way (and reminds me a lot of another actress, Jennifer Ehle).

6.  In my Youtube hopping tonight, I came across a clip of French singers covering “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  It made me wonder if Europeans singing in English sound any less accented than Asians singing in English.  Olivia Ong is from Singapore.  Ock Ju-Hyun and Hyori are KoreanGirls’ Generation from Korea singing “Wannabe” vs. now defunct French group L5′s rendition.


Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.  Click here for the Giants’ roster, here for the Patriots’ roster.

 

Super Bowl XLII: Avant & Apres

Before & After. What a difference a week makes.

The February 4, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine was on the newsstands the previous week, before the Super Bowl.  The cover story (written by Peter King) asked, “Can the Giants Get to Brady?

As the nation and NFL fans the world over witnessed on February third, indeed, they can.  They did.

The February 11, 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated hit the stands this week, after the Super Bowl.  The text on the cover was no longer a question.  Instead, it became a statement (made by Tim Layden): “What a Catch, What an Upset.”

Also of note in the Feb. 11 issue is a photograph taken by Bob Rosato that appears in the first few pages (after the ads and table of contents) and is probably one that Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress would like framed.

Rosato must’ve been standing just outside the end zone on the Patriots’ side of the field (click here for a bigger version).  Not only is this photo a record of an irreplaceable experience about to happen, but everything about, in, and of the image is quite moving.  It inspires awe, joy, and even sadness–for me at any rate.  When I first saw it at the bookstore, I stood there for several seconds, my eyes unable to turn away.  Specifically, I couldn’t get over New England cornerback Ellis Hobbs’s expression.  It cries shock, horror, and grief all mixed.

You can’t really tell from here, but if you pick up a copy of the actual magazine and examine his face, you’ll see what I mean.

I was also intrigued by the stances of the other players (twelve of which are fully visible, two are obscured).   Only two of them (on the far left) are unquestionably standing still.  The rest of the Giants and Patriots (not counting New England linebacker Junior Seau on the ground) the  in the photo still approaching the end zone with complete “surprise” etched across their auras.

And look, the skycam makes it inside the camera’s lens.

For all of you who, like me, do not have cable (and thus, can’t watch ESPN or NFL Network in the off-season for pigskin fixes), don’t miss the last hurrah for the time being.  2008 Pro-Bowl tomorrow on Fox (4:30pm east coast time).

pix creds: Sports Illustrated

Super Bowl 2008 TV Stats and Bob Knight rides into the sunset

Plucked from Yahoo Sports.

Giants-Pats most-watched Super Bowl ever

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer Mon Feb 4, 9:58 PM ET

NEW YORK – The 97.5 million viewers who saw the New York Giants‘ last-minute win over the New England Patriots made it the most-watched Super Bowl ever and second biggest event in American television history.

Only the “MASH” series finale in 1983, with 106 million viewers, was seen by more people, Nielsen Media Research said Monday. Sunday’s game eclipsed the previous Super Bowl record of 94.08 million, set when Dallas defeated Pittsburgh in 1996.

This year’s game had almost all the ingredients Fox could have hoped for: a tight contest with a thrilling finish involving a team that was attempting to make history as the NFL’s first unbeaten team since 1972.

But the Giants ended New England‘s bid for perfection, 17-14. Throughout the game, the teams were never separated by more than a touchdown.

“You might like your equation going in, but you still need some breaks going your way,” said Ed Goren, Fox sports president. The closeness of the game probably added a couple million viewers to the telecast’s average; the audience peaked at 105.7 million viewers between 9:30 and 10 p.m. EST — during the fourth quarter.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning won bragging rights over his brother: Last year’s win by Peyton Manning‘s Indianapolis Colts was seen by 93.2 million people, now the third most popular Super Bowl. Manning was set to appear on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Monday, but travel delays in Arizona pushed his appearance back to Wednesday.

An eye-popping 81 percent of all TV sets on in the Boston area Sunday were tuned in to the game. In New York, the audience share was 67 percent.

Read the rest here.

Texas Tech coach Bob Knight resigns

By BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press Writer Tue Feb 5, 4:57 AM ET

LUBBOCK, Texas – Bob Knight promised that when he finally decided to call it quits at Texas Tech it would be hard to find him.

The Hall of Fame coach stayed true to his word Monday.

After telling his sons, his bosses and his team of his resignation, Knight spoke only to one local newspaper about his shocking departure in the middle of his seventh season in West Texas.

“He’s ready,” successor and son Pat Knight said during his weekly radio program. “He’s tired.”

Knight left during his 42nd year as a head coach with more wins than any Division I men’s coach. Pat Knight inherited a team that is struggling at 12-8 and has 10 games remaining.

“This is my team, that’s what he told me. He’s done,” Pat Knight said on his radio show. “He’s got a lot of life left to enjoy.”

Almost a decade after he was fired by Indiana, the school he led to three national championships — one an undefeated season not since matched — Knight walked away from college basketball.

It was a stunning midseason move by Knight, who gave no hint a change was coming.

“There’s a transition that’s going to take place here from me to Pat and I’ve dwelt on this all year long … how it would be best for him and for the team and for what we can do in the long run to make this the best thing for Texas Tech,” Knight told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which first reported the resignation.

 

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Super Bowl XLII 2008: Giants Sautee the Patriots!

The New England Patriots and the the New York Giants ascended to the top of their respective AFC and NFC conferences at the close of the 2007 season. Today in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium, they touched helmets in a test of ultimate gridiron skill and talent.

Televised on Fox, the forty-second Super Bowl game started with the Giants receiving the kick-off. New York ended their first drive with a field goal. The first quarter ended with only two possessions (a Super Bowl record for fewest number), one per team. The second quarter started with a touchdown by Patriots running back Laurence Maroney. New England 7 and New York 3.

On the Giants’ next drive, their quarterback Eli Manning threw a brilliant thirty-eight-yard pass to wide receiver Amani Toomer at the nineteen yard line. A touchdown didn’t seem too out of reach (despite a five yard penalty for a delay of game). Unfortunately, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith couldn’t keep onto the ball and Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs snatched it. Going into halftime, Patriots still 7 and Giants still 3.

The third quarter included a sack of Tom Brady by Michael Strahan at about the seven-minute mark. There was no scoring. Sweet Fancy Moses!! The fourth quarter began with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver David Tyree. It was so pretty and culminated a drive that partly consisted of an awesome forty-five yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss. New York 10 and New England 7. Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss put another TD on the board in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Patriots 14 and Giants 10. And that’s how the game ended. Yes? NO!!!!

With just about forty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress made a touchdown. New York 17 and New England 14. And that would be the final score. The subterranean dog has won Super Bowl XLII.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin must be one of the happiest persons in the world tonight.

Tom Brady will not be the third quarterback to have gone to and won four Super Bowls. The other two are Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I didn’t watch the majority of the pre-game montage, vignettes, and Ryan Seacrested “red carpet” banter.

2. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary.

3. Tom Brady wasn’t wearing his helmet when he and his Patriots were walking out from the tunnel, but it was on his head by the time they ran on the field.

4. Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem. Holy Mary in a Manger. Jordin’s father was an NFL player, Phillippi Sparks. She did a pretty good job. She didn’t sound nervous and didn’t try to impress anyone with high notes or long-held notes, nor was her performance underwhelming. Is it my imagination or does the “Star Spangled Banner” seem shorter and shorter every time it’s sung?

5. Mike Carey was the referee today. He’s been officiating in the NFL for eighteen years but hasn’t been to the Super Bowl prior to this one.

6. Nearly halfway through the first quarter, after returning from a commercial break, the camera cut to a glimpse of Peyton Manning in one of the VIP boxes. He looked amazing, very polished, tres beau.

7. After returning from commercial break (featuring a Tide stain remover), the camera caught glimpses of Giselle Bundchen (wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, a greenish (?) scarf, and gold hoop earrings), Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, and Pamela Anderson in various VIP booths. Jenny and Jim were sitting next to each other.

8. Giants linebacker Kawika Mitchell and defensive end Michael Strahan brought down Tom Brady, which was followed by another collective hit by defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck just past the halfway point in the second quarter.

9. At the very bottom of the second quarter, the camera cut to Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Patriots, sitting in his box. Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson were sitting behind him.

10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime show. Hmm. It started off all dark except for a lit guitar-shapped arrow going into a lit heart (on which Tom Petty and his band were performing). They performed “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Falling,” and a third song that was mostly instrumental. I was satisfied with this year’s halftime show because I rather like Tom Petty’s music.

11. Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach, was wearing a red hoodie today instead of the usual grey.

12. At the top of the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a shot of LL Cool J at the stadium. Jeremy Shockey, Giants tight end, also received a medium close-up. He broke left leg during a game against the Washington Redskins near the end of the season.

13. Giants rookie defensive tackle Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady with fewer than twenty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, helping to ensure that the Patriots wouldn’t score again.

14. No offense to any Patriots fans who might be reading this post, but I don’t think I’ve been as happy in months as I was when Plaxico Burress made that TD and Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady in the bottom of the fourth quarter. My mouth hurt from smiling so much.

Memorable commercials for me:

Audi R8 (reference to the first Godfather film)

Diet Pepsi Max (reference to the Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell SNL skit–you won’t get it unless you’ve seen the SNL skit)

Budweiser (featuring Clydesdale horses and a Dalmation dog and incorporating the sports inspirational narrative)

Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.

Be sure to tune in to Fox next Sunday for the 2008 Pro-Bowl game.